An EpiPen from one of four potentially deadly batches of Mylan auto-injectors could be in your child’s backpack or in your home right now. Please take action to ensure you’re protected!
A defect in the same adrenaline auto-injectors used to counter severe allergic reactions in those who suffer allergies to food, medications and insect stings and bites may be putting you and your family at risk.
There have been two confirmed reports that EpiPens from certain batches of Mylan EpiPen® 300 microgram (µg) Adrenaline Injection Syringe Auto-Injectors may contain a defective part that could result in the device failing to activate or require increased force to activate.
The defective EpiPens have been traced back to four batches which represent nearly 80,000 individual devices that have been distributed worldwide according to Mylan’s website.
Alphapharm Pty Ltd, the billion-dollar pharmaceutical corporation doing business as Mylan EPD, following consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), released this statement in tandem with the recall of affected batches on March 21, 2017:
“The failure of the auto-injector to activate may result in patients not receiving the required dose of adrenaline, resulting in the worsening of symptoms of anaphylaxis or anaphylactic reactions, which could be life-threatening.”
The affected batch numbers are:
Batch number Expiry
5FA665 April 2017
5FA6651 April 2017
5FA6652 April 2017
5FA6653 April 2017
“The proportion of these auto-injectors that have been used is not known,” said the TGA in an online statement.
The TGA advised checking the batch number and expiry date on either the EpiPen’s label or on the end of its carton.
If you have one of the defective batch numbers in your possession:
Affected products can be returned to pharmacies and replaced free of charge. However, the TGA does advise to keep affected auto-injectors until they are replaced, and use them if required, “being mindful that you may need to apply more force than normal to activate it.”
In its most recent statement, Alphapharm said that “At this time, EpiPen Jr 150 microgram adrenaline injection syringe auto-injectors and all other batches of EpiPen 300 microgram adrenaline injection syringe auto-injectors are unaffected and are not subject to this recall.”
More About Recalls
A recall action is an action taken to resolve a problem with a good already supplied in the market for which there are issues or deficiencies, and defects that could affect its quality, performance, and most importantly your safety.
Many people across the country and around the world have been tragically injured and even lost their lives as a result of defective products. Everything from seemingly safe household appliances to your vehicle can become a deadly weapon if it malfunctions during use. A company has the responsibility to provide a safe product to the public. When they do not uphold that duty, despite whether or not a recall has begun, the individual who has been hurt or the loved ones of a person who has been killed by a defective device or product may have the legal right to pursue financial compensation.
If you or a loved has suffered a worsening illness, serious injury or if you have lost a loved one due to the Mylan EpiPen or any other defective product, do not sign any documents provided to you by the manufacturer.
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